Google Launches Gmail As A Standalone App

Search engine giant Google has dished out the stand-alone version of its popular Gmail email client for the Android mobile phone OS, already available for download from the Android Market.

Initially, Gmail came integrated with the Android OS and used to get updates every time Google released a new Android version.

However, as a stand-alone app, Gmail on Android will be able to get key functionality updates more frequently than before. With the release of the new Gmail app, Google has also added Priority Inbox.

In a blog post made on the official Google Mobile blog, the company informed that the new Gmail for Android application will be able to run only on Android 2.2 Froyo or better.

Simon Arscott, a member of the Gmail for Android team, explained in the blog post that “As you scroll through a conversation, your most important message actions will now stick to the top of the screen, one click away, no matter how long the email is.”